- By Tribal Business News Staff
- Real Estate
The economic development arm of the Hopi Tribe announced plans to develop a unique 44-room boutique hotel in the area surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona.
The Taawaki Inn, which will be owned by the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation, will feature a cultural aspect that pays homage to the Tribe, along with an educational element for guests to experience, according to an announcement. The hotel will be situated in Clarksdale, near the entrance to Tuzigoot National Monument, and above the Verde River.
The 33,000-square foot hotel’s design will mirror a traditional Hopi home, with a white-washed exterior and native plants from the region surrounding the property. Guests will experience traditional Hopi music and traditional artwork — including Kachina dolls, plaques, baskets, hand-made pottery, woven belts, paintings, murals, and a stained-glass Sun Kachina — throughout the property.
The project, which is slated for completion in spring 2024, will be funded by the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation. The Flagstaff operation of Wespac Construction Inc. is the general contractor; Smiths Architects is leading the design.
Taawaki Inn is the Tribe’s first off-reservation hotel project, according to a statement. The Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation also owns or manages several real estate properties including Walpi Housing, a 71-unit apartment complex; Muyawki Inn, a modern hotel with 41 rooms; the Hopi Cultural Center, which has a hotel with 33 guest rooms and one suite; and three commercial properties in Flagstaff: Heritage Square, Continental Plaza, and Kachina Square.